Photo– Carleton Place 1910– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
June 1899 Carleton Place
Last Wednesday afternoon, when the air was extremely sultry, a thunder cloud passed over us, suddenly and without warning, burst with a terrible crash, striking terror into the bones of all nervously disposed. The delivery wagon of Messrs. Mitchell and Cram, laden with egg cases ready for shipment, was standing before the Summit store and when the clap came the pony started and dashed across the street, colliding with the screen door of Mr. Knox and smashing a large pane of glass in Mr. Swann’s window and spilling several boxes of eggs on the sidewalk.
The horse then dashed across the street to Mr. Shaw’s, colliding with the electric light pole and overturning and smashing the wagon. Some 60 dozen eggs were broken in all, besides other damage. Carleton Place Herald-1899
Among other residents sharing the Carleton Place village scene of a century ago were: the families of Jacob Leslie, cabinet maker; George and Robert McLean and Henry Beck, carpenters; Alexander Dalgety, carpenter, Hugh McLeod, miller; James Duncan and Duncan McGregor, blacksmiths; Joseph Gilhuly, carriage maker; James McFadden, and William Moore, shoemakers; also William Kelly, saloon keeper; William Paisley, carter; John Cameron, John Neil and Robert Knox, labourers; William Bradley, weaver, and William Nowlan, painter; Joseph Thompson, railway switchman; Thomas Hughes, station master and Frederick S. Haight, M.A., school master.